Alex Trebek Chokes Back Tears Over Contestant’s Answer

Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek choked back tears after he read aloud a “Tournament of Champions” contestant’s answer to Final Jeopardy.

Trebek, who had announced that he is battling Stage 4 pancreatic cancer earlier this year, was visibly moved by contestant Dhruv Gaur’s four-word answer, “We Love You Alex!”

“That’s very kind of you,” Trebek said in response.

The episode aired in most locations on Monday, November 11, 2019.

Gaur, who was in last place during the Final Jeopardy round and had little chance of winning, took to Twitter to explain his answer:

“Sorry for west coast spoilers, but I’m really glad I got the opportunity to say to Alex what everybody at the tournament was thinking … for context, Alex had just shared with us that he was reentering treatment for pancreatic cancer. We were all hurting for him so badly. When Final Jeopardy came up, I could’ve tried to puzzle it together, but really, just kept thinking about Alex, and thought he should know I’m just very grateful I got the opportunity to say what I know everyone was thinking. Sending all the love.

Following the episode’s airing, the hashtag began trending on Twitter.

Trebek has been the host of Jeopardy! since 1984.

Over 8,000 episodes have aired during the game show’s 36-year syndicated run.